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Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) is a multi-billion dollar public/private initiative developed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) in 2011 that introduces Michigan companies to opportunities that help them grow and expand. 

PMBC’s mission is to help Michigan businesses grow by:

  • Connecting local, national and global purchasers to Michigan suppliers by offering customized procurement or joint venture matchmaking searches, summits and buyer tours.
  • Partnering with local and national purchasers to organize dedicated buyer-supplier matchmaking events.
  • Delivering full concierge services to businesses to help find the right connections.
  • Offering dedicated international trade services for Michigan businesses who want to start or expand export activities.

More Details on Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC)

See how PMBC can help you forge partnerships and grow your business by creating an account in the “PMBC Community”.  The PMBC Community is an online and mobile business-to-business platform linking Michigan companies with private sector procurement opportunities and business services available from other Michigan companies.  Michigan businesses may learn more about the platform and register at no cost. 

Here are a just few benefits to joining the PMBC Community:

  • Connect with other businesses in the Community
  • Apply to attend and participate in matchmaking procurement events
  • Add your own company’s procurement needs
  • Schedule 1:1 meetings with other companies

Instructions on Creating an Account:

  1. Go to and click “Sign Up Now”.
  2. Complete the registration steps to create your personal and company profiles. Please note that if anyone from your company has created an account before you, your company may already be created. In that case you’ll simply select it from the options that show up when you begin typing your company’s name.
  3. Don’t forget to download the mobile PMBC app from the iOS App Store and Google Play stores by searching for “PMBC”, allowing you to access your account from your phone and interact with other businesses during events!


Use your email more productively. Today at 10 a.m. on Business Next.

Michael Rogers talks about email productivity with communications consultant Jack Pyle, the "Face to Face Maximizer." Listen today at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the Michigan Business NetworkSBAM members can log in and listen to archived programs anytime on a PC or mobile device by going to the Business Next show page

Get Business Next audio seminars delivered three times a week automatically to your iPhone or other mobile device. Subscribe in iTunes using this URL.    

Durbin Amendment Provides for Lower Credit Card Processing Rates

Article courtesy of SBAM Approved Partner Midwest Transaction Group

As a result of the Durbin Amendment, the Federal Reserve Board has placed a cap on debit card transactions, putting the interchange fee at 0.05% + 21 cents. This new fee went into effect on October 1, 2011. This could mean significant savings for you!

Keep in mind:
  • The cap only applies to debit cards issued by very large banks - it does not include those issued by smaller, community banks or credit unions.  Therefore, some debit card interchange fees will not change.
  • The best way to ensure that you are going to get these new lower fees is to move to the Interchange Plus pricing model. It is the only model that will automatically pass through the interchange fees at their exact cost, including the new lower debit card fee.
  • When you move to Interchange Plus pricing, the new debit fee is not the only fee that can be effected. This model gives processors the ability to better analyze data and potentially offer you even more savings.
  • The move to Interchange Plus is easy. If you are already processing with MTG, all you need to do is call us. If you aren't processing with us, we encourage you to contact your current processor and ask to be moved as soon as possible.
It is not often that government involvement means lower costs for business owners, but this time you could realize some significant savings. Take time to give MTG a call at (888) 599-2209 or request a quote here so you can learn about the benefits of Interchange Plus pricing. Be sure your business takes advantage of all the savings the Durbin Amendment’s new cap on debit fees can provide.

Advice on how we can reinvent Michigan. Today at 10 a.m. on the free Business Next audio seminar

Presentations from the recent Reinventing Michigan seminar in Lansing: State Budget Director John Nixon; David Lorenz, Manager, Public and Industry Relations, Travel Michigan; Sandra Rich, President of Hiring Solutions LLC; Bob Fish, president of BIGGBY COFFEE. Plus, interviews with Loch McCabe, president of Shepherd Advisors, on the tools available to help second stage companies grow and thrive. Listen today at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the Michigan Business Network. SBAM members can log in and listen to archived programs anytime on a PC or mobile device by going to the Business Next show page

Get Business Next audio seminars delivered three times a week automatically to your iPhone or other mobile device. Subscribe in iTunes using this URL.  

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Simple Checkout an Easy E-Commerce Option

Article courtesy of SBAM Approved Partner Midwest Transaction Group

If you are looking for an easy and inexpensive way to accept payments on the web, Authorize.Net’s Simple Checkout could be the perfect solution. It is so easy to configure that you will save time and money bypassing a web designer.

Simple Checkout is great for those who:
  • have a limited number of items to sell
  • wish to accept donations  
  • want to allow clients to pay invoices.
Buttons offered by Simple Checkout for your page:
  • “Buy Now”
  • “Donate” 
  • “Submit”
What you need to get started:
  • an account with Authorize.Net. Clients of MTG are extended preferred rates - literally less than half the cost of going through them directly.
Whatever your needs, you will also be provided an Authorize.Net verified merchant seal to display on your page, which is promptly recognized and verifies the safety of the transactions.

Whether you are taking orders or collecting money, Simple Checkout gives you the ability to secure your presence on the web and secure your transactions, without spending a lot of hours or dollars to do so. Visit and search Simple Checkout to see how truly easy it is.

You can be the SBAM Facebook member of the week!

On March 31, Facebook is rolling out a new look for the Facebook “brand” pages (like SBAM’s). The new design will feature a large, prominent image at the top of the page. We’re excited about sharing this new promotional imaging opportunity with you, our SBAM member firms! 

Beginning April 2, each week we are going to feature on the SBAM Facebook page a picture from an SBAM member. We invite you to start sending your photos today! What are we looking for? Pictures that illustrate the dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit of our members. Be creative – don’t just send us your logo or a photo of your building. Email your photo (or questions) to